Transfer from Master's to Doctoral Programs Without Completing Master's Requirements

After 12 months but not after more than 24 months, MSc students may transfer to the Doctoral program (fast-track) provided they have completed the following course requirements:


  • 12 credits of B+average
  • minimum 9 credits at the 500 level
  • minimum 9 credits of first class standing
  • clear evidence of research ability or potential

A student may try to transfer only after approval of their supervisory committee to do so. The supervisory committee should discuss this at a supervisory committee meeting and indicate their recommendation on the committee meeting form. The comprehensive exam is used as a “qualifying” exam for students wishing to transfer to the PhD program (see IOP Comprehensive Exam guidelines). 

After completion of the comprehensive exam, either within the PhD program or as a qualifying exam for transfer from MSc to PhD, the following form for Advancement to PhD Candidacy must be submitted.

Please submit this form to Sharon Ruschkowski


If a student transfers from a Master's program to a Doctoral program without completing the Master's degree, the commencement of the Doctoral program will be considered to be the date of first registration in the Master's program.